Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28635 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.
Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
1a I overacted terribly with embellishments (10)
An anagram (terribly) of I OVERACTED
14a Charming computer pioneer losing head after everything (8)
The surname of the computer pioneer largely credited with cracking the Enigma code without (losing) his initial letter (head) preceded by (after) a word meaning everything
15a Wimp keeping theologian in union (6)
A wimp around (keeping) the qualification associated with a theologian
17a Bets on first races (6)
A verb meaning bets or wagers preceded by (first) a word meaning on or about
19a Puddings one gets anxious about (8)
A word which is the reversal of another word is commonly known as a semordnilap (palindromes reversed) and there is a list of the most common in The Mine – one such is the reversal (about) of an adjective meaning anxious to give some puddings or sweets, and one way or another it comes up frequently
21a Bland heir to the throne’s gripping performance — monarch (13)
The first name of the current heir to the throne and the S from ‘S around (gripping) a performance and the regnal cipher for a monarch who happens to be his mother
25a Get smart advertising demon (5)
A two-letter abbreviation for advertising followed by a demon
26a Bird no longer around pair of gulls (4)
A verb meaning to gull followed by the same (pair of) gives an extinct bird
27a Go and allow to swallow new sweet (10)
Go or energy followed by a verb meaning to allow around (to swallow) N(ew)
1d Likes lodgings (4)
Two definitions – a colloquial word for likes and lodgings, typically for students or actors
3d Fruit producer gets show of disapproval — switch (9,4)
A show of disapproval followed by a switch or rod
4d Abdominal jewellery on view in scrobatics (8)
Now updated – Abdominal jewellery on view in acrobatics (8)
Split as (3,5) this could be some flashy abdominal jewellery – [the website is currently showing scrobatics as the definition but I am reasonably certain this should be acrobatics – now updated]
5d Dave almost OK drunk — with this? (5)
… despite the clue, my tipple is Single Malt Whisky!
11d One complaining must accept maybe dog’s little cleaner (6-7)
A six-letter word meaning someone who complains is split around a domestic animal, such as a dog, the S from ‘S and a word of Scottish origin meaning little
13d Created debt Africa is suffering (10)
… either created or “is suffering “could indicate this anagram!
16d Father eating bit of cereal with doctor — that’s sweet (4,4)
A three-letter colloquial word for father around (eating) a bit of a cereal plant and D(octo)R
22d Fine material gives Jethro ecstasy (5)
Whether you take Jethro as the English agriculturist credited with inventing the seed drill or the band (named after him) that featured Ian Anderson on vocals, you get the same four-letter word – follow this with E(cstasy)
23d Raise suggestions for means to roast meat (4)
The reversal (raise in a down clue) of some suggestions (like these!)
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The Quick Crossword pun: purr+pulp+hatch=purple patch